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Embedded research foundation launches

Sep 24, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Stockholm-based KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) has established a research center to foster collaboration between academia and industry on embedded system design. The Innovative Centre for Embedded Systems (ICES) has signed up founding members including Ericsson, Scania, and embedded software company Enea.

(Click for larger view of a KTH robotics prototype)

Focusing on telecom, automation, automotive, and medical technology applications, the ICES aims to be a “research, education, and commercial development center for embedded system design, architecture, and methodology,” says ICES. Led by Martin Torngren, a professor in the mechatronics department at KTH, the ICES has the lofty goal of becoming “the world's leading center of embedded systems technology development” within a decade.

Two robotics designs developed at KTH

In addition to encouraging collaboration between universities and embedded industries, the ICES intends to better integrate KTH's own industrial engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and information and communication technology schools. Synergy between departments and disciplines is a growing trend in technology institutes, with universities like MIT aggressively pushing joint projects between departments, for example in projects like CarTel, used by many departments within the university's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) laboratory.

This KTH design was used
to develop a Scania truck

Founding members of the ICES include wireless infrastructure giant Ericsson, truck manufacturer Scania, and telecom software firm Enea. Based in Stockholm, Enea sells the Linux-based Enea Accelerator Platform, which includes its Element middleware for IP-based services built on carrier-grade infrastructure.

Stated Barbro Claesson, project leader at Enea, “Much of the pioneering commercial technology in use today has its roots in academic research. We are excited to be a part of the ICES, and look forward to contributing the extensive product, system, training, and professional services expertise we have acquired working in the telecom, automotive, plant control, and medical technology industries.”

More information on the ICES may be found here.

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